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SE Iowa residents hear the story of the Orphan Trains

Blakesburg Historical Society presentation on Orphan Trains./KTVO

On Sunday Blakesburg community members gathered at the Methodist church to hear a great story.

More than one hundred people came to hear Elnora Norris talk about how here mother ended up in Iowa.

Her mother, Lucy, arrived in Manchester, Iowa as one of thousands of orphaned or abandoned children.

They migrated west between 1854 and 1929.

The children left crowed east coast cities on what came to be known as orphan trains.

Norris' mother lived in Manchester before moving to Fremont with her husband.

The presentation was hosted by the Blakesburg Historical Society.


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